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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


The CATS-Milner Therapeutic Perspectives Series has recently been launched. The aim of this regular series is to bring together experts from a number of separate but closely linked sectors, to discuss the potentials and challenges within translational research and how we as an ecosystem can work together to create the right environment to support new treatments for patients. The series is aimed at a mixed academic-industry audience and draws on expert speakers from across academia, industry, medicine, investors, policy and funding.

The series is a joint venture between the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences and the Milner Therapeutics Institute, two teams at the University who work across the traditional boundaries between disciplines and between academia and industry to facilitate and transform pioneering research into new therapies as well as support the education and training of the next generation of world-leading researchers. If you would like to connect, please look at the websites or get in touch via email.

Details of previous events in the series can be found below; please note that these events take place live and are not recorded.

If you have questions about this series or would like to join our email list for event updates, please email



Upcoming Event:


Thursday January 13th 2022

Title: Drug repurposing: the main challenges and solutions to fulfilling its potential

Our next event will focus on the potentials and challenges in drug repurposing. The panel will look at recent repurposing success stories before discussing the extraordinary potential artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches hold to impact repurposing, as well as some of the evolving regulatory and commercial considerations and barriers which need to be overcome.


Chair: Dr Neil Thompson – Chief Scientific Officer, Healx



Dr Charlotte Summers: Reader in Intensive Care Medicine, University of Cambridge

Fiona Law: Partner – Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson LLP

Dr Namshik Han: Head of Computational Research & AI, Milner Therapeutics Institute

Dr Catriona Crombie: Associate Director, Technology Transfer and Philanthropic Fund, LifeArc

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Previous Events:


What are the opportunities and challenges of the new technologies providing human model systems for drug discovery?

Thursday October 7th 2021

Chair: Dr Emma Rawlins - The Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UKGurdon Institute, University of Cambridge



Professor Kourosh Saeb-Parsy -  Department of Surgery, University of Cambridge; CEO, Avatrial

Dr Cathy Vickers – Head of Innovation, NC3Rs

Professor Róisín Owens -   Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Dr Victoria March Durban – Chief Operating Officer, Cellesce



How can we make clinically meaningful progress in microbiome-related therapeutics development?

1st July 2021

Chair: Dr Mat Robinson – VP Translational Biology, Microbiotica


Dr Kiran Patil – MRC Toxicology Unit Programme Lead, University of Cambridge

Professor Denise Kelly – Investment Advisor, Seventure Partners

Professor Julian Marchesi – Professor of Digestive Health, Imperial College London

Dr Kristin Wannerberger – Director R&D Alliance Management, Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Professor Fergus Shanahan – Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, University College Cork



Translating breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Disease into new treatments

10th June 2021

Chair: John Skidmore, Chief Scientific Officer, ALBORADA Drug Discovery Institute, funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK


David Rubinsztein, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge

James Rowe, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge

Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK

Peter Larsen, J&J Innovation